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Question 12: Are there any noteworthy events that influenced your career?


Well it’s obvious that Doctor Laporte from Edmundston, in the beginning, in addition to my parents and other people who appreciated my work. But it was mostly Doctor Laporte who encouraged me. There was the École des Beaux-Arts. After that I was pretty much on my own in the aesthetic realm. On the other hand, there was Lord Beaverbrook. Well at that time, it was in terms of practicality and finances if you will, but Lord Beaverbrook made it possible for me to live in the province. Father Clement Cormier made it possible for me to come to the Université de Moncton and to accomplish in the end what I couldn’t do in my home town, and to go even further. Because otherwise, I would have spent my life teaching in Edmundston’s public schools. But I’d become aware that contemporary art wasn’t necessarily understood, there. So Lord Beaverbrook and Father Clement Cormier. Later, there were many, many persons or events that in the end stimulated me to do different things. There’s also my wife Brigitte who is really… One of the most important things for me wasn’t to be an artist; but to first be a human. I took on that responsibility. It’s like Gombridge always said, and I agree with him, “Life doesn’t arise from art, art arises from life.” In other words, I took care of the human being in me and the family context that surrounded me in order to produce constantly, and that was also an important element.